Counting Blessings Before They Are Hatched

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling very optimistic about 2024. Just last week, I received another hopeful sign. While walking from my car to my front door, I noticed a large round object next to the sidewalk. At first, I thought someone had left a rock in the grass, but when I got closer, I could see a geometric pattern on the surface. It was a little turtle that had completely retreated into its shell.

When I stood still for a moment, her head poked out and she continued with her task at hand. I couldn’t believe my luck. This is the second time this year I’ve been in the right place at the right time to witness a mama turtle laying eggs!

You may recall I wrote about this in April on the 12th anniversary of my mother’s passing. (Click here if you missed that story.) Over the years, I’ve had several connections involving my mother and turtles, so I took this as her sign that she was with me. That day in April was the start of what became a very challenging spring, and it gave me great comfort to feel my mother’s presence. What are the odds that mama turtle would lay her eggs on that day at the exact moment I looked out my window?

And now, as we approach the end of 2023, it happened again! I was returning home from my morning walk right when another mama turtle chose to lay her eggs mere steps from my front door. You may call it a coincidence, but I choose to see it as another message from my mom.

It seems significant that this happened on the Tuesday after Christmas. Had this been any other Tuesday, the landscaping crew would have been on the property wielding noisy lawnmowers and leaf blowers. That certainly would have scared the turtle away, but since Monday was a holiday, they adjusted their schedule and came on Wednesday instead.

It’s also odd that no one else was around during this time. On days when school is out, kids are usually running or riding bikes along that sidewalk. On this day, it was eerily quiet. As far as I know, I’m the only one who passed by. It’s as if the stars aligned perfectly so that she would not be disturbed and I would encounter her. 

After taking a few photos and a short video of this divinely timed miracle, I went inside to take a shower. When I returned, the mama turtle had finished laying her eggs and was now covering them up with her back flippers. How she managed to do this without looking, I’ll never know. Her work was impeccable!

When I returned from lunch about an hour later, she was gone leaving no evidence that she had ever been there. Had I not seen her earlier, I would not have noticed the small patch of mud where she laid her eggs. It was packed perfectly flush with the rest of the terrain. The next day, I felt inspired to place a few small rose quartz crystals around the perimeter of her nest and say a prayer of protection over those little eggs.  

Neither the timing nor the metaphor of this experience was lost on me. Thanks for this hopeful message, Mom! You’re not supposed to count chickens before they hatch, but I’m counting these blessings before the turtle eggs hatch. I believe our dreams and desires have been incubating like those turtle eggs, and I affirm that many blessings will hatch in 2024 for all of us! 

If you would like to start the new year off with a blessing, please consider giving yourself the gift of Spiritual Coaching or a Private Family Constellations Session. You can learn more about these healing opportunities or book a session on my website

Or perhaps you feel inspired to join me for my first online Family Constellations workshop of 2024. On Sunday, January 7, we will “Welcome the New Year with Family Constellations.” Click here to learn more and to purchase a ticket. There are just a few spots left! I look forward to sharing more miracles with you in the coming year! 

Communication is not limited to the small range of channels the world recognizes.

A Course in Miracle ~ M-25.2:2

Turtle Power Miracle

Several years ago, I wrote about a time when I encountered a mama sea turtle laying eggs on Fort Lauderdale Beach. It was unusual for me to be at the beach late at night, but a stubborn headache and an impulse that fresh salt air might help clear my head led me to take a moonlit beach walk. It worked!

Mother’s Day was coming up, and I had been thinking a lot about my mom that day. One of the things on her “bucket list” was seeing a nest of sea turtles hatching. The best I could do was take her to see the DisneyNature film Oceans where a camera crew captured the event. Although I didn’t see any hatchlings that night, seeing that mama sea turtle working so hard to prepare a nest for her offspring felt like a loving, nurturing message from my mother. There were more synchronicities that day. If you’re curious, you can read the full story by clicking this link.

Well, she did it again. This week marked the 12th anniversary of my mother’s passing. On the actual anniversary of her death, I had an unusually stressful morning. I won’t go into details about that morning now, but I will say it was one of those times when my mother’s presence would have been extremely comforting. 

As I was preparing lunch, something caught my eye outside my window. Did I see dirt flying around the spot where my favorite tree once stood? When I looked closer, I realized there was a turtle digging a hole with her powerful front flippers. At first, I could only see her head and neck poking above the brown earth. Eventually, she emerged and began moving her rear end from side to side. I assumed she was depositing eggs. Once she finished, she began swishing dirt back into the hole until she was satisfied her eggs were covered. Her mission complete, she slowly made her way to the edge of the pond where she dove triumphantly back into the water. I shot a one-minute video if you care to watch Part 1 and Part 2 on YouTube.

Over the past two and a half years, I’ve seen many turtles swimming in the pond outside my window. I’ve observed them swimming under the fountain where the dancing water droplets return to the water’s surface. I wonder if it feels good on their head and flippers. But never have I seen one of these turtles on land, and I’ve certainly never seen one laying eggs! The fact that this event happened on the anniversary of my mom’s passing truly felt like a message from above. I think it was her way of showing me that she is still present and watching over me, especially on days when I miss her the most. You may consider it a mere coincidence, but I prefer to see events like this as winks from the Universe reminding me that love is always present if I look for it. 

Could you use some assistance in seeing life’s events and circumstances from a miraculous perspective? I would be honored to share what has worked for me and how my life has changed since I began studying A Course in Miracles and facilitating Family Constellations. Perhaps now is the time to give yourself the gift of Spiritual Coaching or a private Family Constellations Session. Look around my website to learn more about these powerful opportunities. You can also book a session with my automated scheduler. I look forward to creating miracles with you! 

Until next time, keep your eyes open for miracle messengers in Mother Nature. It sure is a fun way to experience life! 

Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-1.I.6:1-2

A Surprise Gift from Mom

I received a surprise gift from my mother a few days before Christmas. It was surprising because my mother laid her body aside in April of 2011. Even though she has not been here in physical form for several Christmases, I still feel her loving presence around me. This was not the first time she found a way to send me a gift from beyond. A few years ago on my birthday, she orchestrated a free ice cream for me and three friends at Disney World. There were many clues that let me know it was her. This time it was a Christmas message that was perfectly timed.

My dear friend Maggie was visiting from California this week for the holidays. In some ways, this woman reminds me a lot of my mother. Just like my mother, Maggie and I love to tease each other, and we also have wonderful heart to heart conversations. Since Maggie was still adjusting to Central Time, I wasn’t sure she would want to join me for the Sunday morning A Course in Miracles group before the 11 AM service at Unity of Houston. I had no attachment to going, but Maggie was a trooper and got up early so we could make it. I’m so grateful we did!

As we do every week, the group picked up where we left off the previous week and each participant took a turn reading a paragraph. This week we happened to be reading “Teaching and Healing” in Section IV of Chapter 5 in the text. When the person began reading the words in the last paragraph my eyes started filling with tears. I couldn’t believe the timing. This was the very paragraph I read at my mother’s Celebration of Life service seven years ago. The gift of Maggie sitting next to me in that moment was not lost on me. My mother was reminding me that she hadn’t really gone anywhere. Her love is always around me and our heart connection will never die.

Below is the paragraph I shared at my mother’s service. It felt like the perfect way to honor her with words from the teaching that continues to bless my life in miraculous ways:

How can you who are so holy suffer? All your past except its beauty is gone, and nothing is left but a blessing. I have saved all your kindnesses and every loving thought you ever had. I have purified them of the errors that hid their light and kept them for you in their own perfect radiance. They are beyond destruction and beyond guilt. They came from the Holy Spirit within you, and we know what God creates is eternal. You can indeed depart in peace because I have loved you as I loved myself. You go with my blessing and for my blessing. Hold it and share it, that it may always be ours. I place the peace of God in your heart and in your hands, to hold and share. The heart is pure to hold it, and the hands are strong to give it. We cannot lose. My judgment is as strong as the wisdom of God, in Whose Heart and Hands we have our being. His quiet children are His blessed Sons. The Thoughts of God are with you. ACIM- T-5.IV.8

As we bring 2018 to a close, may you remember all your kindnesses and every loving thought you ever had. Let them carry you into the New Year making 2019 your best year yet!

P.S. If you could use some assistance in making 2019 your best year yet, it would be my great honor to give you the support and tools you need to make that happen. Give yourself the gift of a 3, 6, or 12 month series of Life Coaching sessions to help you move through a particularly difficult time and closer to the life of your dreams. All of my sessions are based on the strong principles found in A Course in Miracles and other New Thought Teachings. Look around my website or send me an email for more information and to schedule a session.

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